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Autism and Behaviour

Behaviour is communication.

Sometimes, when there’s a mismatch between supports, environments and the needs of a person, challenging or concerning behaviours can arise.

Positive Behaviour Support can help.

What is Positive Behaviour Support?

Behaviours of concern occur for a reason. Often times, it is a method of communication for important information about a person’s stress, needs and skill development.

Positive Behaviour Support, or PBS, aims to understand why behaviours of concern occur.

When people are unable to communicate easily or are misunderstood, behaviour becomes a necessary way of communicating. The role of Positive Behaviour Support is to find out what it is someone is trying to communicate.

Jessica Degrassi, PBS and Safeguarding Manager

Aspect’s approach to PBS

We employ registered Positive Behaviour Support Practitioners to help support people on the autism spectrum, their families and carers.

Our PBS Practitioners seek to understand behaviours of concern from multiple perspectives. They then work with the person, person's family and support network to develop goals for meaningful change.

Our Practitioners also work with the person’s support staff, such as occupational therapists and speech pathologists, to understand and develop a PBS support plan.

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